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#26 Joe Cepleur

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

By adding thorium to the glass, a high refractive index (over 1.6) can be achieved while maintaining a low dispersion...



I see, thanks. Sounds like a radioactive version of modern ED glass!

Lay them on their sides...



Great idea for keeping the glass clean. Have you ever had them roll off the shelves? I suppose if handled carefully, they would roll only sideways, not forward and off.

I keep my oculars in a Tupperware box. Inside the Tupperware are cardboard boxes, some filled with bolt cases, others with oculars in zip-lock bags. The bags not only keep things clean, but also prevent scratches. Concerns about locking in moisture are valid. I always allow mine to dry before zipping them away.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

found this today ($20.00) and this post came to mind right away...
since we dont have very many earthquakes around here
i think ill be fine.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:21 PM

should look ok on the telescope room wall.
holds 108

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

pretty mustgobigger

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:43 PM

What is it?

All glass?

#31 mustgobigger

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:50 PM

Plexiglass with mirror on back.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:25 AM

Wow, now it will look like you have TWICE as many eyepieces. :grin:

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:50 AM

Looks Nice, now you just need a plexiglass door on the front
that`s hinged or slides, to keep the dust off the eyepieces.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

I thinned the herd and now I'm now under 50 or so of the little buggers. 30 or so are high end, collectable eyepieces; the others are an eclectic mixture of what ever I happen to take a shine to on CN classified and that other site. Mostly I use bolt cases inside a foam lined Pelican cases. I also rotate a dozen or so every few month into a spot lit display case in my office. / man cave / writing room. They sit next to my collections of petrified wood, minerals, Native American pottery, Asian pottery, arrowheads, brass carriage clocks, and few 18th century pieces of dark blue Wedgwood.

No eyepeices in this older pic. but a really great Celestron Orange 6x30 finder that has a sentimental attachment for me.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

Looks Nice, now you just need a plexiglass door on the front
that`s hinged or slides, to keep the dust off the eyepieces.


There is a hinged door on it ...
Look close on left side.

If it looks like doubles ill have a nice
set for my binoviewers...... :grin:

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:04 AM

Talking about the ground shaking. We had an earthquake near here last year. I was in a meeting and the whole room was moving. I was really worried because I had a number of Unitron scopes just sitting up in the air on the dew shield. When i got home they were all still standing. they are all packed away in the case now. However, I stand the cases on end for the larger Unitrons to save space.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

Ahh!, i see the hinges now that you pointed them out.
Should look real nice on the wall, did you find that at an auction ?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

Estate sale...went to buy jewelry
For patsy looked in the corner
And I could picture it full of vintage
Eyepieces ....of course I offered
Less than tag.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:34 PM

Way to go Brian. Never pay retail

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:58 AM

Estate sale...went to buy jewelry
For patsy looked in the corner
And I could picture it full of vintage
Eyepieces ....of course I offered
Less than tag.


Post a pic once you get it hung on the wall and filled :)

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:00 PM

finally hung this up on my wall in scope room.
pics not great...i need another with bigger sections.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

a little closer

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:04 PM

Very Nice :waytogo:

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:52 PM

Cool! It would make a neat poster.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:14 AM

Here is a picture of my small storage case.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:49 PM

Brian, looks like you need to add a few more ep's to finish off the collection..............Seriously though, do you have a dust cover of some kind for your giant wall mount?

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:22 PM

It does have a door. :ubetcha:

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:05 AM

yes it does have a door that seals it up nicely.
i also have caps for 99% of those for when i take them out and use them.
i think i will make another to fit all my larger EP's.






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